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LEWIS CARROLL'S oilice in Wonderland A Play in Two Acts by ANNE COULTER MARTENS THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY *** NOTICE *** 1be amateur and stock acting rights to this work are controlled exclusively
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LEWIS CARROLL'S oilice in Wonderland A Play in Two Acts by ANNE COULTER MARTENS THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY *** NOTICE *** 1be amateur and stock acting rights to this work are controlled exclusively by TIlE DRAMATIC PUBUSHING COMPANY without wha;e permission in writing no perfonnance of it may be given. Royalty fees are given in our current catalogue and are subject to change without notice. Royalty must be paid every time a play is performed whether or not it is presented for profit and whether or not admission is charged. A play is performed anytime it is acted before an audience. All inquiries concerning amateur and stock rights should be addressed to: DRAMATIC PUBUSlllNG P. o. Box 129., Woodstock, Dlinois COPYRIGHT LAWGIVES THE AUTHOR OR THE AUTHOR'S AGENT THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO MAKE COPIES. This law provides authors with a fair return for their creative efforts. Authors earn their living from the royalties they receive from book sales and from the performance of their work. 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On all programs this notice should appear: MProduced by special arrangement with TIlE DRAMATIC PUBUSHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Dlinois ~MCMLXVby THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY ~RenewedMCMXCm Printed in the United States of America All Rights Reserved (AUCE IN WONDERLAND) ISBN IN WONDERLAND A Play in Two Acts CHARACTERS MAD HATTER CHESHIRE MARCH HARE WHITE RABBIT DORMOUSE ERPILLAR TWEEDLEDUM FROG FOOTMAN TWEEDLEDEE DUCHESS HUMPTY DUMPTY COOK MOCK TURTLE QUEEN OF HEARTS GRYPHON KING SOLDIERS (three) KNAVE EXECUTIONER COURTIER GARDENERS (three) LADIES (any [)llmber) FLOWER-GIRLS (six) HEART CHIT.DREN (any number) PROP MEN PLACE: TIME: Wonderland Afternoon,- a little while ago. SYNOPSIS Act One, Scene One: Alicearrives, and meets some strange characters. Scene Two: She goes to the Nlad Tea Party. Act Two, Scene One: Alice plays croquet with the Queen. Scene Two: There is a trial. *All parts except Alice, Duchess, Queen, King, Knave, and Executioner may be played by either male or female actors. 3 CHART OF STAGE POSITIONS R. RC c DRC DC t:urtain LINE FOOTLIGHTS STAGE POSITIONS Upstage means away from the footlights, downstage means toward the footlights, and right and left are used with reference to the actor as he faces the audience. R means right, L means left, U means up, D means down, C means center, and these abbreviations are used in combination, as: U R for up yight, R C for right center, D L C for down left centey, etc. A territory designated on the stage refers to a general area, rather than to a given point. NOTE: Before starting rehearsals, chalk off your stage or rehearsal space as indicated above in the Chart oj Stage Positions. Then teach your actors the meanings and positions of these fundamental terms of stage movement by having them walk from one position to another until they are familiar with them. The use of these abbreviated terms in directingthe play saves time, speeds up rehearsals, and reduces the amount of explanation the director has to give to his actors. 4 .l\ct ONE Scene One This scene is played infront of the curtains after a Blackout. It shows the end of the Rabbit Hole. A large door which does not open is set directly in front of the closed curtains, C. It is painted white with a big red hearton it. At far D R a portion of a wall about four feet high, painted stone or brick, can be seen. Fastened to the left side of it is a lower stone-effect step. Unseen at this time is a similar step at the right side. A few stylized pieces of shrubbery may be used near the wall. A small table is at L with a key on it. Entrances are L, R, and C, through the curtains. LIGHTS ON: The CHESHIRE is curled up as if sleeping in front ofthe door. He gets up, stretches, and speaks to the audience. I'm the Cheshire Cat. I knew you'd recognize me because I'm always grinning. You've heard the expression, Grin and bear it ? Me, I grin and share it. Share what? The fun, of course. All the fun and excitement of Wonderland. We're going to have a visitor in a moment, a little girl named Alice who chased across the field after a White Rabbit till he 5 Page 6 Alice in Wonderland Act I dived down his rabbit hole. (Looks R) Here comes the rabbit now! (The WHITE RABBIT appears on the higher portion of the wall, which has a standingarea such as a low table behind it. He carries a fan and white gloves) RABBIT Oh, dear, oh, dear, I wonder what time it is? (Steps down onto the low step) Overtime. RABBIT Then I'm late, and the Queen will be angry! Isn't she always? RABBIT When that silly girl ran after me, I tumbled down here too fast. (Brushes himself off. A bumpetybump sound is heard offstage) Now she's falling down! (Goes to door C) I hope the Queen doesn't find out. Why? She might blame me. RABBIT Act I Alice in Wonderland Page 7 (To audience) This must be Alice. (Moves L) (, in a pretty dress with a white pinafore, may appear to slide from behind the wall onto the lower step. If this can't be worked, she can just walk on brushing off her dress) Mr. Rabbit, wait for me! (Bumps down to floor) Oh, dear, oh, dear! girls! RABBIT The Queen doesn't like little (Goes quickly around the door and out through the curtains) He didn't wait! (Gets up, brushing herself off) You haven't been properly intru Why should he? duced. I'm Alice. And I'm the Cheshire Cat. You may call me Chessy. I like cats and Chessy is a nice name. Where am I? Page 8 Alice in Wonderland Act I I fell so far that I'm all mixed up. (To audience) Who isn't, these days? (To ) Don't you really know? All I know is that I have to get back up to my sister. We were sitting on the grass playing a little card game when the White Rabbit went by. If you chase after strange rabbits, you mustn't be surprised if strange things happen. 1've never known a cat who could talk. My cat Dinah just purrs. None of them can talk, where you come from. I wonder why. There are lots of things here to wonder about. That's why this is called Wonderland. O-oh. Chessy, can you tell me how to get back to where I came from? My parents will be worried about me. I don't have any family. Fortunately. Act I Alice in Wonderland Page 9 Why do you say fortunately ? Because all the cream in the saucer is for me. I'm afraid you're rather selfish. Isn't everybody? I don't know everybody. 1'11 help you get acquainted. It's good of you to offer, but I really mllst go home. Why? Today's my birthday, and my mother's baking a great big cake with pink icing, andall my friends are coming to my party at five 0'clock. Nobody ever gave a birthday party for me. I don't care for pink icing. Anyway, My cat Dinah likes it. (Anxiously) What time is it now? I always give her some. Page 10 Alice in Wonderland Act I About four, I think. down here. Time doesn't matter much It does to me. If I'm not back home by five o'clock, there won't be any party, and my mother and daddy will be sick with worry. Too bad. And Dinah won't get any pink icing. (Suddenly) Oh, my goodness! Poor Dinah 1 What now? Sh8 was taking a nap in my doll house this morning, and T closed the door. Nobody will know where she is, and she can't get out' As I said before, too bad. (Indignantly) Don't you care? I have problems of my own. Oh, dear! ACICE What am I goinrr to do? Act I Alice in Wonderland (Stamps her foot. ) Page 11 Don't stamp your foot at me. I might get nervous and go away. ' (Turns his back on her) (Going to him) No, no, don't leave me! I need your help. Too bad. Stop saying that! (More politely) Will you please tell me which way I ought to gofrom here? That depends on where you want to get to. Whichever way will take me home again. much care. I don't Then it doesn't matter which way you go. As long as I get somewhere. You're sure to do that if you walk long enough. What sort of people live around here? Page 12 Assorted sorts. Alice in Wonderland Act I Assorted, like in a box of tea cakes? None of them are at all like tea cakes. Please don't be offended. I must get home in time for my birthday party, and let poor Dinah out of the doll house. I must try having a birthday Some time, if the Queen of Hearts will permit it. Nobody has to permit a birthday. It just happens. Maybe where you come from. I don't think you're very friendly. My cat purrs. Maybe you don't think at all. Would the Queen of Hearts help me? very kind-hearted. She sounds First you jump down the rabbit hole, and now you're jumping to conclusions. Why should the Queen of Act I Alice in Wonderland Page 13 Hearts be kind-hearted? Because of her name. Nut a very sensible reason. (Looking at door) Will I find her if I go through this door? Maybe. (Trying the painted doorknob) But it's locked! Of course. (Looking around) A key! (Picks up key from table) Is this the key? It's a key. It won't fit! (Trying it on the painted keyhole) I could have told you that. Page 14 Alice in Wonderland Act I Then how do I get through it? Try going around it. Thank you. (Pauses at side of door, about to go around it) You're not really unfriendly, after all. After all what? You weren't very nice when I first came. Because I don't make friends with just anybody. But I'm not just anybody. I'm Alice. And I'm Chessy. (Thoughtfully) You know, I'm beginning to like you. Won't you come with me? I'd be glad to have someone to talk to. That depends on what you want to talk about. How to get home again. Act I Alice in Wonderland Page 15 Then take that key along and don't lose it. (Studying key) There's something special about this key? Very special It even has a name. Please help me to find the right door! (Puts key in her pocket) You'll have to find it yourself. (Disappointed). And I thought you were my friend! of Hearts. 1'11 ask the Queen You may be sorry if you do. Is some I wish I knew why you grin all the time. thing funny? Everything's funny, if you can laugh at it. There's something strange about the way you keep watching me. That's because 1'm a watch cat. Page 16 Did you say Alice in Wonderland watch cat? Act I Certainly. You've heard of watch dog, haven't you? Well, I happen to be a watch cat. Would you like me to watch over you? (Gratefully) Oh, would you, please? I've never been away from home before. I've never been a watch cat for a little girl before. Then we are friends? (The puts out a paw and shakes it) You'll be seeing me around. (As is about to go around the door, the Queen is heard shouting) (Offstage) Off with their heads! QUEEN (Alarmed) Who was that? Don't ask. Just get going.
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